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Great Chicago Fire Festival 2014

The inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival presented by the amazingly creative and talented people at the Redmoon Theater had a lot of promise conceptually. An event meant to “unite Chicago’s neighborhoods and celebrate Chicago’s grit, greatness and renewal following the fire of 1871…Redmoon partnered with over 30 community-based organizations across 15 neighborhoods, bringing out its unique machinery and theatrical skill in an unprecedented city-wide conversation on overcoming and celebrating.” Aside from never really getting a fire going, which despite knowing nothing of pyrotechnics seems like it would be the easy part, there were some kinks to work out for next time in regards to a lot of things – crowd management, variety of displays/performers/vendors, flow of the ceremony itself…

The in-your-face fireworks echoing through the Chicago River corridor were pretty spectacular though, so props for that.


One of three pre-1871 style houses floating along the river, prior to the fire ceremony.

Children climb on an art piece in Pioneer Court.

Children climb on an art piece in Pioneer Court.

Spectators climbed on railings, lamp posts, trash cans, and other dangerous and hard-to-reach areas just to try and get a view.

Spectators on railings (also lamp posts, trash cans, and other dangerous and hard-to-reach areas) just trying to get a view.

There's a flame in there somewhere...

There’s a flame in there somewhere…


Putting out the fire.

Putting out the fire.


Fireworks - highlight of the evening.

Fireworks – highlight of the evening.

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Chicago Ideas Week

The second annual Chicago Ideas Week drew some of the most innovative people in the world to come and share their ideas, creations, and general words of wisdom with people like me looking to get inspired to go out and do awesome things. Topics covered a broad spectrum – science and technology, politics, education, healthcare, the arts, religion – all basically communicating the fact that there is room (and often dire need) for new ideas in virtually every sector.

As a volunteer I managed to participate from inside and out, though I may not have taken as many photos as I would have purely as a spectator. But here’s a small snippet of some of the week’s events.

Levar Burton, hosting Education: New School talk at the MCA.


Notes by Ink Factory.


Brandon Boyd of Incubus, after a discussion on The Creative Process at the MCA.


Giant idea notebook at the MCA.


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Riot Fest 2012

The annual multiple-day punk fest turned into an outdoor carnival in Humboldt Park this year, with probably the best lineup yet. Besides the usual carnival rides and games were various performers wandering around the festival grounds – a marching band, jugglers, dancers, hula hoopers.. fun for the whole family!

Seriously though, seeing little kids rocking out on their parents’ shoulders during the Descendents, Jesus & Mary Chain, et. al. was pretty priceless.

Day 1

The Adicts



Environmental Encroachment

Andrew WK and a pizza guitar

Gaslight Anthem

Gwar aftermath

Environmental Encroachment marching through the cro

The Descendents

Day 2

NOFX (with Angelo of Fishbone)

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Gogol Bordello

The Stooges, and dancing fans

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Lollapalooza 2012 (and After Parties)

Grimes, The Big Pink, Thenewno2 Lolla afterparty show – Friday August 3, 2012
at Logan Square Auditorium

Dhani Harrison, Thenewno2

The Big Pink


 Jane’s Addiction, Franz Ferdinand, Ume at the Aragon, Saturday August 4


Franz Ferdinand

Jane’s Addiction



Lollapalooza – Sunday

Live mural painting at Perry’s stage

Little Dragon @ Perry’s

Yuna @ BMI

At The Drive-In @ Red Bull Stage

Miike Snow @ Sony

Crowd surfing sea critters at Miike Snow

Chairlift (in a last minute schedule change) @ Playstation

Justice @ Bud Light

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A week of Chicago concerts

There’s never a lack of good live music somewhere in this city. Add the beginning of summer festival season and there are almost too many things to choose from.

The week of May 28 – June 4th had me at a show almost every night – too many to post separately so I picked some of the best shots to lump together here. Enjoy.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Allstate Arena – May 28, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers

Todd Rundgren @ SPACE – May 30

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

Besnard Lakes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2

Besnard Lakes

Le Bucharettes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2

Le Bucharettes

Company of Thieves @ Sausage Fest – June 3

Company of Thieves

Jonathan Richman @ Pritzker Pavilion – June 4

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

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